Subha Katel, 43, of Fairfield, is charged with negligent homicide in the alleged shooting death of her husband, Tika Katel, 57, at their Sigmon Way home. Police say Tika was accidentally shot on Saturday afternoon and died on Monday. Pictured is Subha Katel on Tuesday afternoon in Fairfield Municipal Court with an interpreter beside her. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
Photo: Michael D. Pitman
Photo: Michael D. Pitman

Wife charged in man’s fatal shooting in Fairfield

Tika Katel, 57, was allegedly shot by Subha Katel, 43, at their home in the 5800 block of Sigmon Way on Saturday and taken by medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He died Monday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is pending.

Subha Katel appeared in court today and was released on her own recognizance, but she will be required to stay on home monitoring. She also had to release her passport. She will be back in court on Aug. 21.

Tika Katel

The family had gathered to visit Tika’s mother, who is ill, according Fairfield Municipal Court records. 

One of the guests, Subash Katel, was armed with a Glock 19 handgun, which was in a holster in the waistband of his pants. 

Subash Katel was seated in the living room and “in a matter of seconds, Subha Katel saw the gun and grabbed the gun from the holster. As she was grabbing the gun … Subha Katel asked Subash Katel if the gun was a toy or real,” according to the court documents. 


As Subha Katel asked Subash about the gun, she pulled the trigger and the weapon fired. 

“The fired round from the gun struck Tika Katel in the head,” according to court documents

Sigmon Way is a residential street off Resor Road, just east of Winton Road.

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There were multiple 911 calls made to police following the shooting. It depicted a chaotic scene with multiple people screaming and crying.

One caller said, “My dad’s been shot ... I think it’s by accident.”

Another caller also said it was an accident, and said it occurred in the home’s living room.

The Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati posted Monday on Facebook it is “deeply saddened” at Katel’s death, and indicated a funeral will be held at Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati. The service will be from noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“We extend our condolence and deepest sympathy to family and friends. May his soul rest in peace,” the Facebook post reads.

Katel lived in the Goldhap Camp, a refugee camp in Nepal, before migrating to New Hampshire in 2009, according to The Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati. He moved in 2016 to southwest Ohio with his family.

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